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It has however changed and I don't believe I was informed, what listings are being displayed? The on site explanation of content areas appears inaccurate.
I have several sites in the featured listings, PPC that is, and pay for the # one spot but don't rank first. I tried increasing the bid to a very high level and still was close to the bottom of the results even though my account stats say I rank #1. They still say I rank #1 for my keywords but the results are otherwise.
This whole thing has changed over there, perhaps someone here or from the directory can comment and explain how to use the directory advertising for my clients.
That's what it sounds like. They might have removed you from your position temporarily, without informing you - might be another possibility ofcourse.......
In my admin, where I bid to gain the number one positon, the position tracking clearly says I've been at the top all along. I have not and am not. I'm at 8 out of 9 spots. Not exactly what I am paying for.
Here's some new info... I talked to a rep yesterday and she said that now Google ads take precidence over their own ads. If a G ad will bring them a higher return mine are pushed down.
They should have mentined that don't you think.
Jeeze I thought that company was actually going to have a fine B2B directory a year or two ago. Guess I was wrong.
It's about money, Never forget that. I find it surprising so many on here are shocked at these 'moves' against advertisers. Come on, what do you think business.com are going to do. Put another way, if Google offered you 100'000 in cash to add their results on your engine or whatever, would you turn it down?
So they get paid by Google for their listing even though
their traffic comes from Google in the first place.
Does anyone really go to Business.com and look for information? I doubt it. I could be wrong.
Business.com probably do okay. They seem to have lots of 'paid' listings that are filled, but could have filled those paid spots themselves I suppose. It's difficult to really know who you are dealing with on the web - these guys could be anyone from a 25 year old kid to medium sized business team of 100. Who knows.
But they have the domain 'business', and that's their key to the traffic, I suspect anyway. Directory looks ok, and they now have a search engine too - they might be okay in the long run. It really depends on what other search companies are doing, if they screw up in some way, there's always the likes of Business.com, Jayde or Entireweb that might take over.
Who knows for sure.....